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Briggs collection is world class
Alex Forrest, left, Peter Briggs and two of Briggs' classic vehicles, a Maserati and MG. Simon Santi / The West Australian

WA's best-known car collector, Peter Briggs, made available his beautiful 1963 Maserati 3500 Vignale Spider and 1934 MG NE for WestWHEELS.

Briggs has been a huge supporter of the classic car movement in WA over the past 40 years and his collection remains world class.

Currently he's having his 1933 MG K3 Magnette restored in Perth in preparation for showing it at the Pebble Beach Concours d'elegance in California in August 2013, followed by the UK's Goodwood Revival.

Having once sat alongside Briggs while he was pedalling the supercharged K3 at speed, I'm well aware of the car's raw performance and the pedigree of these ultra-rare MGs.

But Briggs' K3 is far more significant than the simple fact it is one of only 30 six- cylinder supercharged MGs built. According to WA historian Graeme Cocks, his research and that of international MG K3 experts has revealed that with little doubt Briggs' K3 is the one that was driven by the great Tazio Nuvolari in the 1933 Irish Tourist Trophy.

Not only that, Nuvolari won it in this car.

Mr Cocks said the research also showed that Briggs' K3 was also one of the three team cars which won the team prize in the 1933 Mille Miglia.

Despite its history, this K3 was nearly lost forever. After being sold by the factory in the late 1930s, it was discovered by an enthusiast in the 1950s in a London wrecking yard.

Mr Cocks has written a manuscript for a book on the car's history, which carries the working title Nuvolari's Lost MG: In search of MG's holy grail.

Watch out for it late next year.

The West Australian

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